Everyone is impatiently waiting for a miracle to happen, and the world gets a vaccine for COVID-19, but who would be the first to come up with a Covid-19 vaccine?
About a dozen vaccines in the world are in various stages of testing, including China, Britain, and the United States.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert, said that he is optimistic about the fact that there will be a Covid-19 vaccine by the end of the year or early next year.
The vaccine is not ready, but several customers – wealthy countries – have already ordered millions of doses of those experimented vaccines
Britain and the US have invested in a vaccine candidate who is produced by AstraZeneca and being developed by Oxford University. If it works, Britons will be vaccinated first, whereas the US expects to start stockpiling it and invest in other vaccine candidates.
Earlier this month, France, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands also signed an agreement with AstraZeneca to guarantee the supply of 300 million doses to the European Union.
Even groups, including GAVI, are also working to buy doses for less-privileged countries; AstraZeneca has also agreed to license its vaccine to India’s Serum Institute to produce one billion doses.
Whereas, the World Health Organization is busy in preparing guidelines for the ethical distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.
It means vaccine distribution will vary from country to country; US officials said they are developing a tiered system for vaccine distribution. The system would prioritize groups with the most significant risk and critical workers.